Serving Southeast Alaska's
Insulation and Home Performance Needs

Our Services

 

From energy audits to full-service home performance contracting, we offer a range of services to help you start making your home more comfortable, more affordable, and more environmentally friendly, today.

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Home Performance Contracting

Home performance contracting includes looking at everything from lighting to insulation, from the boiler in your basement to the air sealing in your attic, to solve everything from moisture problems to energy waste and beyond. A relatively new field grown out of an increased awareness of the need to address the poor performance of our existing homes, the goal of HP contracting is to fix them. We do so by maximizing energy efficiency and building durability, ensuring the healthiest possible indoor air quality, and evaluating the relationships between your home’s various components to ensure that they’re all functioning as they were designed to. The result is a home that is more durable, more comfortable, more energy efficient and better for the environment and future generations—exactly how a home should be

 

 

                                             
Cellulose Insulation

HomeTech's cellulose insulation is blown or sprayed into place, preventing gaps and stopping air leaks better because of the way it's applied. Cellulose is denser than most other insulations. Cellulose is 75% post consumer waste and is LEED certified for Green Building.

 Cellulose insulation forms a monolithic blanket of protection-blocking air infiltration and convection currents that are both primary causes of energy loss. Fiberglass batts are good economical way to insulate, however when installed in an attic between the trusses or rafters the exposed wood members are a path for conductive heat loss, these exposed wood members reduce the effective R value of fiberglass insulation by as much as 10% depending on spacing.  The R-value of cellulose insulation, or its ability to stop heat transfer, remains consistent through a greater temperature and application range. This keeps the heat in during the winter, and out during the summer. While loose-fill fiberglass can lose as much as half its R-value at 20°F below zero, cellulose insulation actually performs at a higher R-value at 20°F below than it does at a pleasant 70°F. Those were the findings of tests conducted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. And what it means is that cellulose insulation works hardest when it's needed the most. While we will hopefully never see these extreme temperatures in SE Alaska an independent study shows that cellulose works when other’s fail.  Cellulose insulation can increase a wall's fire resistance by 22-55%, it’s non-toxic and guaranteed for the life of your house. Cellulose insulation has a Noise Reduction Coefficient of 0.90 (90% of sound energy absorbed). It's so effective at limiting outside noise, it's approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as an enhanced sound control material for homes located in the flight paths of our nation's airports!

 Cellulose insulation resists moisture, mildew and pests, plus preserves our natural resources. Cellulose insulation is a non-toxic natural product made from at least 80% recovered, post-consumer paper fiber, reducing landfill waste.

 

 

 

 

 

Home Energy Audits: Great Information for Existing Homes

Chances are, you're spending much more on utility bills than you need to be.  A home energy audit gives you the opportunity to fix that.  Using the latest technology, including a blower door to assess air leakage and infrared thermography, a comprehensive home energy audit will point out leaks in your home's thermal envelope, deficiencies in insulation, and other opportunities to stop heat loss and reduce energy consumption, while improving the comfort and safety of your home. In addition to recommending fixes to reduce energy, we'll also evaluate carbon monoxide safety, mold and other air quality isssues and improvements to temperature and lighting comfort. Our comprehensive audit report will include a prioritized list of potential improvements, and an estimate of the savings our recommended work will likely lead to.

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Blower Door Testing

Blower Door Testing

Blower door testing is a way to test the "leakiness" of your home. By depressurizing your home and measuring the rate at which air infiltrates through imperfections in the building envelope, we're able to assess how much energy (and money) is escaping through air leaks, and how much you're likely to save by fixing those leaks. As part of this process, we will inspect the house with a smoke stick to pinpoint potentially hidden air leaks (making it much easier to address them when the time comes to get to work). We also offer blower door testing as an isolated service to test the effectiveness of improvements that have been made to a home, and to provide homeowners and contractors with a roadmap to further improve a home's efficiency moving forward.

 

 

 

 

Infrared Diagnostics

Having your home evaluated with an infrared scanner sheds valuable light on the effectiveness of your home's thermal envelope. An infrared scanner reveals hidden air leaks and areas where insulation isn't performing, and can also yield some interesting surprises -- such as where an uninsulated hot water pipe or recessed lights may be contributing to an ice dam, for an example. It's a valuable part of any good home energy audit, and a step that we guarantee to take with thoroughness and precision (although our experience tells us that it can also be a fun part of the energy audit for homeowners).

 

 

Home Buyer Energy Evaluations

In addition to our home inspection services we offer an energy evaluation for our home inspection customers at no additional cost, for home buyers who choose not to use our inspection services we will provide  an energy evaluation for a minimal costs to help identify all the areas of the home that require improvement with regards to energy efficiency. This service is free to all HomeTech customers.